AH20230 European Architecture

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module is designed to provide students with a basic, chronological introduction to the rich architectural heritage of Western Europe, from the Renaisssance to the beginning of the modern age. From week to week students will be introduced to key stylistic, historical and theoretical developments in architectural design from a European perspective, and to some of the key buildings that define their respective ages - from the baroque classicism of Versailles to the Gothic revival style of the Houses of Parliament at Westminster. Focusing on questions of style and function, and considering factors such as economics, geography, culture, technology, politics and religion, this course will provide a solid foundation for understanding the origins and evolutions of key building types, as well as core architectural concepts and ways of discussing them.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students will be able to identify the works of the leading architects in the Western European tradition; understand architecture as the material expression of a complex range of social, cultural, political and economic forces; and describe and analyse the principal characteristics of the various architectural and decorative styles practiced during the period.

Indicative Module Content:

Renaissance classicism.
High Renaissance and Mannerist Classicism.
Andrea Palladio and the villa typology.
Urban planning.
The seventeenth-century in Northern Europe.
Court architecture.
Palladianism in Great Britain and Ireland.
European neoclassicism.
The Gothic Revival.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is a lecture-based module. Lectures are divided into two sorts: thematic overviews and selected building studies. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Students should not take any Stage 2 or 3 Art History modules until they have completed their Stage 1 Art History requirements.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
AH10070 - Dublin: Its Museums

Additional Information:
Students intending to Major in Art History are required to have competed the CORE Stage 1 module, and at least one other Stage 1 Art History module before progression.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: End of trimester examination. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Essay: 2,000 word essay. Week 9 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Name Role
Ms Carla Briggs Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Lynda Mulvin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Fiona Smyth Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Thurs 11:00 - 11:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Tues 12:00 - 12:50